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Ocean breeze necklace

String a set in nature’s watery hues

Heather Powers’ sea urchin bead was the initial inspiration for this necklace. Then, as I looked through my bead bins, I realized that I already had many other ocean elements to include: gemstones that look like pebbles on the beach, a strand of tiny shells, beads reminiscent of sea glass, and a pewter button with a seaweed pattern. I set a few matching beads aside for the earrings, then strung a mix of sizes, shapes, and textures for an eclectic necklace.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 25–30 mm sea urchin bead (Heather Powers, humblebeads.com) 
  • 15 mm button with shank 
  • 10–25 6–25 mm glass beads
  • 5–10 10–13 mm gemstone beads
  • 5–10 8 mm metal accent beads
  • 5–10 6–8 mm shells
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 5–10 3–4 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Earrings
  • 2 9–12 mm glass beads
  • 2 5–6 mm glass beads
  • 4 3–4 mm spacers
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Round green glass beads from Cindy Hoo, cindyhoo.etsy.com. Lampworked disks and nuggets from Blue Seraphim, blueseraphim.etsy.com. Pewter seaweed button from Mamacita Beadworks, mamacitabeadworks.etsy.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Ocean breeze necklace 01
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a metal accent bead, a sea urchin bead, and a metal bead.
Ocean breeze necklace 02
Step 2
On each end, string beads and spacers as desired until the necklace is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary.
Ocean breeze necklace 03
Step 3
On one end, string: three 11/0 seed beads, crimp bead, four 11/0s, button, four 11/0s. Go back through the crimp bead and three 11/0s. Tighten the wire.
Ocean breeze necklace 04
Step 4
On the other end, string an 11/0, a crimp bead, and enough 11/0s to make a loop large enough to accommodate the button. Go back through the crimp bead and the 11/0. Tighten the wire. On each end, crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
Earrings
Ocean breeze earrings 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a spacer, a 5–6 mm glass bead, a 9–12 mm glass bead, and a spacer. Make a plain loop.
Ocean breeze  earrings 2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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